A runaway win in Saturday’s Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse has the Mick Price-trained Extreme Choice firming even further in 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes betting for the end of month classic.
The well-bred Not A Single Doubt colt dominated on debut at Randwick in December with a two length win in Randwick’s Inglis Nursery.
He didn’t just retain his favouritism for the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival feature, but firmed in Blue Diamond betting with an even more impressive runaway win in the $150,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) over the weekend.
Showing he had improved over the brief letup and could handle the Melbourne way of racing without issue, Extreme Choice ($1.40) blitzed his seven Chairman’s Stakes rivals with Damien Oliver guiding him to an all-too-easy four and a half-length win over the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Highland Beat ($12).
In third was Peter Moody’s roughie shot Gratwick ($31), whose stablemate Mandee ($6.50) failed to fire crossing last nearly 20 lengths off the impressive winner.
Price prepared champion filly Samaready to victory in the 2012 Blue Diamond Stakes and has a genuine livewire chance of securing the trophy again this autumn racing season in Victoria.
Post-Chairman’s win Extreme Choice is the $2.40 favourite for the Group 1 with the next best in betting being the John O’Shea-trained Gimcrack Stakes winning filly from last October Calliope and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Choisir colt Defcon at $9.
Price, who has been making comparisons between Samaready and his devastating Chairman’s Stakes winner Extreme Choice, is also preparing to unveil another Blue Diamond prospect Flying Artie.
The Artie Schiller colt has had just the one run to date when second to Power Trip during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) and Price is excited ahead of his return.
“Flying Artie is a really nice horse,” he told the Herald Sun.
“I really like him, he’s a big scopey horse, he’ll definitely get 1200m, so we’ll see how he goes next Saturday and fine tune it from there.”
Oliver rode 2004 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Alinghi to victory for Lee Freedman and faces a tough decision this autumn between the Price-trained stablemates.
“He’s training well, and we like him as well, so we’ll see how he measures up against some good opposition next week,” Oliver said of Flying Artie who he will ride first-up in the $200,000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) this Saturday, February 13.
“It’s a great position to be in.”
Flying Artie occupies the third line of all-in Blue Diamond odds at $11.
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2016 Chairman’s Stakes Results
Caulfield Race 4 – 06/02/2016
|1||1||EXTREME CHOICE||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||–||6||58kg||$1.40F|
|2||2||HIGHLAND BEAT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||4.5L||2||56kg||$12|
|3||4||GRATWICK||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||5.25L||5||56kg||$31|
|4||3||DAM READY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Luke Currie||6.75L||7||56kg||$21|
|5||9||OM NOM||Michael Kent||Chris Parnham||8.5L||4||54kg||$31|
|6||6||SIMPLY INVINCIBLE||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Stephen Baster||15.5L||1||56kg||$18|
|7||8||MANDEE||Peter G Moody||Glen Boss||19.5L||3||54kg||$6.50|
|–||5||REVOLVING DOOR||Clinton McDonald||Mark Zahra||–||0||–||–|
|–||7||PEARL CONGENIAL||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||–||0||–||–|